Baby & business
On 8th January, my beautiful daughter Olive was born and not long after, while still feeling my way through uncharted territory, I made a firm decision not to return to work once my maternity leave officially ended. Some questioned such a hasty decision so early on, but despite feeling uncertain about many things, due to sleep deprivation and raging hormones, this was something I felt very sure of.
At the same time, I realised I was yearning for a new challenge; a career change into something that I really believed in and which would create value, and having just given birth without drugs, I knew I could do whatever I put my mind to.
It has been a massive learning curve for me so far; throwing myself into the world of motherhood and a new business at the same time has been far from easy. Motherhood trumps anything in terms of difficulty but both worlds are completely new to me and I’ve been learning as I go along. At times I’ve felt pulled in opposing directions and wondered why on earth I chose this time to start a new business venture. But having Olive has given me a clear sense of direction and a strong motivation to invest time and energy into a new project where I can be with her during her early years in an exciting and stimulating environment.
So sitting here, about to launch The Wanderer, busy adding the final touches to the website and replying to a ton of enquiries, I look down at the 6 month old napping on my arm, and I’m still not entirely certain how I’ve done it.
For now, when she naps, I type (with the free hand) and when she’s awake, she calls the shots.